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Table 1 Baseline patient characteristics (n= 134)

From: Illness perceptions in patients receiving rheumatology rehabilitation: association with health and outcomes at 12 months

  N (%)
Diagnosis*  
   Inflammatory diseasea 49 (36.5)
   Osteoarthritis 25 (18.7)
   Fibromyalgia 11 (8.2)
   Polymyalgia rheumatica 1 (0.7)
   Other rheumatic disease 1 (0.7)
   More than one rheumatic disease 46 (34.3)
Sex  
   Male 18 (13.4)
   Females 116 (86.6)
   Age mean (sd) 55.38 (10.2)
Education  
   9 years 36 (26.9)
   12 years 43 (32.1)
   > 12 years 55 (41.0)
Current work status  
   Employed 28 (20.9)
   Not employed/sick leave 106 (79.1)
RD-IPQ mean (sd) b 58.22 (14.93)
MHAQ mean (sd) c 0.5 (0.3)
NRS mean (sd) d  
   Pain 5.5 (2.0)
   Fatigue 6.5 (2.3)
  1. *The diagnosis does not add up to 100% because one patient had missing data.
  2. a Rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease, spondyloarthropathies.
  3. b RD-IPQ is scored from 0 to 100 where 100 is worst possible illness perceptions.
  4. c MHAQ is scored from 0–3; 3 is the greatest overall disability.
  5. d NRS scales are scored from 0–10; 0 is no pain and fatigue,10 is the worst pain and fatigue.